Lucks named NIH Director's New Innovator
Professor Julius Lucks has been named a New Innovator by the Director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins. The goal of the NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program is to support exceptionally creative new investigators who propose highly innovative projects that have the potential for unusually high impact. The New Innovator Program is one of the four programs in the NIH High Risk-High Reward Program, which is part of the NIH Common Fund.
Lucks is the fifth Cornell faculty member to receive this award since its inception in 2007. Lucks' laboratory focuses on elucidating and engineering the sequence-structure-function relationship of noncoding RNAs - a class of molecules now known to play central roles in maintaining, regulating and defending the genomes of all organisms. As an NIH New Innovator, Lucks and his group will develop an 'omics' technology to elucidate how RNAs fold inside the cell. This technology development will provide a new tool which they will use in their overall mission to truly understand, engineer, and correct RNA function in biological systems and prevent disease.
More information on the Lucks Lab's research can be found at - http://www.luckslab.org - and on the NIH Direct's New Innovator Award Program - http://commonfund.nih.gov/newinnovator/.
Also featured in the Chronicle at: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2013/09/lucks-seandel-are-nih-new-innovators